B. occitanus is 60-80 mm in length, has a yellow or yellow-brown color and is venomous, but its toxicity varies markedly across its range. This scorpion is often found in dry and hot areas with sparse vegetation, where it hides under stones etc. during daytime. It has also been reported from Mediterranean forests in Spain at altitudes above 1000 meters (with snowfall in the winter). The sting in Europe is painful but with mild toxic effects but in Africa can be fatal.
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